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KDE selects 19 students from public high schools to join Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council

The Kentucky Department of Education has announced that 19 students from Kentucky public high schools have been selected to join the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council for the 2020-21 year. The council was established to provide feedback on critical issues impacting students and schools and works with KDE staff to develop ideas to improve and transform education. The group meets with the commissioner...

Kentucky Department of Education to stream ‘Kentucky’s Tribute to Class of 2020’ this Saturday

The Kentucky Department of Education will honor its high school seniors with a one-hour program that will be streamed on the department’s special YouTube channel at 7 p.m. ET this Saturday (May 23). “Kentucky’s Tribute to the Class of 2020,” is presented by KDE and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and will be hosted by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. With...

KDE’s Education Continuation Task Force looks at reopening guidance document for school year

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Education Continuation Task Force met virtually Monday to discuss a guidance document about reopening schools for the 2020-21 school year. The document leads school leaders through a variety of questions to consider about: • How to provide for the health and safety of everybody in their buildings; • How they...

KDE releases initial guidance on how to restart schools for 2020-21 year amid pandemic

The Kentucky Department of Education has released a new guidance document about questions schools and districts should consider when they are making plans for how to restart school for the 2020-21 academic year. The document – “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools, Initial Guidance for Schools and Districts” – guides school leaders through a variety of questions to consider about: •How...

Kevin Brown: Each day brings new challenges, and Kentucky’s students and teachers rise to meet them

Every day brings something different. Every day since the COVID-19 emergency began to take shape has brought new challenges for all of us who serve Kentucky’s students, and probably for all of you who are more intensively involved in your children’s education than ever before. On the other hand, every day also has brought new and encouraging examples of how families have adapted to non-traditional...

Kentucky Board of Education reviews commissioner applicants, names interim

The Kentucky Board of Education today conducted its first review of applicants for the position of commissioner of education. As allowed under state law, the review was conducted in closed session. After returning to open session, the board voted to ask the search firm to seek additional information on 15 of the applicants, who represent both in-state and out-of-state candidates.   Pending review...